Bone Grafting

Major & Minor Bone Grafting

Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jaw bone to atrophy, or resorb. This often results in poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants as well as long term shifting of remaining teeth and changes to facial structure. Most patients, in these situations, are not candidates for dental implants.

Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, but it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.

Major Bone Grafting

Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum to protect the bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.

Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Large defects are repaired using the patient’s own bone. This bone is harvested from a number of different areas depending on the size needed. The skull (cranium), hip (iliac crest), and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites. These procedures are routinely performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay.

Bone Grafting Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the bone grafting process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about bone grafting.

Bone Grafting Overview

Cortland Oral Surgery

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Not sure if my previous review was received so have done a second one. Walked in after being referred by my dentist to get information on tooth extraction. Worked out that they could take me in that afternoon. With less time to worry, all the staff were professional, courteous and very calming. The doctor walked me through the procedure to extract a tooth and put my nerves at ease. Would recommend them to anyone, very pleased. Thank you to all.

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I wasnt very brave when it came to the needles but they were very good about it and actually had someone hold my hand during it to help. They got me in right away, i had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled, and i was out in about an hour. They have a very kind and well working staff and i would tell anyone who needs teeth work to go here.

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Your staff was very friendly and professional. Dr SanGiacomo made me feel comfortable. I had a tooth extraction with minimal discomfort.

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I had a very pleasant experience and will go back when necessary.

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The extraction was quick and painless

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Doctor SanGiacomo made a challenging extraction much less stressful with his patience and good humor. Everything came out all right in the end, despite deep roots and brittle tooth.

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I dont have a single bad thing to say. Staff and Doctor were fantastic. Truly wonderful

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Felt at ease during my procedure

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Even though I did not want to be there - the staff and doctor did a fine job!!

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I would recommend Cortland Oral Surgery to anyone who needs procedures done. They have very friendly staff and the work is performed quickly but with great care and attention to detail.

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Everyone was so nice and friendly. Very pleasant experience. Wonderful Dr. and Staff!

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We were happy with the quality of service received for this medical procedure. We were pleasantly surprised by a family discount due to another sibling having the procedure done previously.

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Wonderful service. Made me feel comfortable. Pretty much painless surgical extraction. Professional staff. Highly recommend this doctor.

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Excellent service and fast

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These people made a stressful, normally uncomfortable procedure all most fun! Very appreciative.

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Wonderful staff, the dentist was very gentle, and funny too! I went in anxious as ever, but was soon at ease. Very little pain and swelling the days following 3 teeth extractions.

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Very good experience everyone was very professional and friendly. If I ever need an oral surgeon again I would definitely go back.

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Everyone in the office is wonderful! They've exceeded my expectations and made the process as easy and affordable as possible. I would (and have) highly recommend Dr. SanGiacomo to anyone who needs work done.

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very pleased

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Great experience with a difficult procedure! Thank you!

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